The Route; Part 1; Stage 4; The Great Divide
The Route; Part 1; Stage 4; The Great Divide
Well for better or Wurtz, I cannot cross the boarder where I planned. It would appear that there is a good reason for the roads on my Canadian maps not reaching the boarder at Wurtz, they blew up the bridge!! It seems that since 9/11 the USA have become a bit sensitive about their borders and the small border post has been closed. What if I can find a ford or something? Quote ‘They will confiscate your bike as an illegal import and throw you in goal as an illegal visitor.’ Another no brainer but thanks to ‘Stephen’ and ‘Bill Dakar’ from Red Deer, Alberta (a) for the info, I will try and get to buy them a beer when I get down that way.
BC/AB border country. Photo courtesy of 'BillDakar'
So change to the route and now heading North East from Banff along the Red Deer River to Red Deer before heading south to Calgary, Fort McLeod and crossing the border on Hwy2 Then through the north of Glacier Park to rejoin my original route at Apgar.
From Glacier, South East across to Helena, Montana.(b) From Helena I want to head east on a side trip to The Little Big Horn National Park (c)to see where Col. Custer and Major Reno fought Sitting Bull and the Sioux Nation. Hopefully stay with some First Nation Crow near there at Custer National Forest
Back on a westerly course for Yellowstone Park (d) (and Yogi Bear, or is that Jellystone Park?).
There is the equivalent of UKs long distance footpath called the Great Divide National Trail that goes from Canada (Banff) nearly to Mexico (El Paso, New Mexico)
You can see more photos and the journey log at Stephen Golubs blog by clicking here or select his name from those listed at the left hand side of my blog.
I intend to follow that, both on and off road through Ohio, Oklahoma, until I reach La Jara, New Mexico. Then another side trip to the First Nation Navajo and Hopi to reach The Grand Canyon. (e)
Possibly a week here, maybe more, it’s a big area, then east along what’s left of Route 66 before branching off to reach Dallas, Texas, (f) where I want to introduce myself to a possible far relation; Rick Fairless, Strokers Chopper Motorcycles.
This is Rick and a photo of my eldest son Adam, looks like a passing resemblence to me.
Check out his website here at strokers dallas
to find out why.
or figure it out from these....
Ooops I meant these.....
At this point it may be that family and friends may fly out to spend a week sight seeing with me, we’ll have to see what the timetable is as I would like to make the HU Meeting in Copper Canyon, Mexico. (g) Could be I go there first then head back for Dallas. Not sure yet.
Here the itinerary gets a little flaky as I want to spend some time learning Spanish, so perhaps this would make a better time for friends and family to fly out. Anyway the Pacific Coast of Mexico looks appealing.
Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica,
I have not researched Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at the moment, they are just countries I need to travel through to get to Panama. (If anyone has some good suggestions for sights not to be missed please post to me on this site.)
The road ends in Panama so the bike and I need to take a ferry to get into South America. Two ways of doing this, as I understand. Crate the bike and get it sent airfreight, or ride it onto some old rust bucket and chance the high seas. No brainer for me, I can sit in an aeroplane anytime, but how many can say they headed off to Ecuador by ferry, sounds interesting, looks fun, and I don’t need to take the bike apart. Hopefully I can strike up a conversation with some fellow passengers.
Ecuador, Puru and Bolivia.
More research required but, Lake Titicaca and Matu Pitchu are a must as well as the WMD and the salt desert. So plenty of swanning around opportunity here in the Andes
South through Chile and the Atacama Desert to take in the sights of the National Parks and the Route 40 to Terra del Fuago and the most southerly city of Ushuaia.
Now north again to find a freighter to fly the bike to New Zealand, and here ends part one of my journey, as I intend to fly home for a few weeks before meeting up with the bike in New Zealand.
The rest of the route, Australia, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia is on paper but too far away in time to be more than a wish list. The planning will give me something to do on dull nights somewhere along the way.
Now I have to start getting the bike ready, and after a 7 month lay up it started first time, (after I hooked it up to a battery as the bike one was flat!!)
So next The Bike Mods
Posted by Derek Fairless at March 21, 2007 08:13 PM GMT